Free settngs of the Common Psalms for Lent

These are free-use settings of the Common Psalms for the season of Lent.   Some were written so long ago that they are are now in the public-domain, while others have been made available to be used - sometimes only in certain circumstances.

There are also many settings of these texts that are still copyright - these can usually be found by consulting publisher websites and looking for the specific text or psalm number, so are not listed here.

See Introducing the Common Psalms for information about how these can be used.


Remember, O Lord, your faithfulness and love

This is a phrase from Psalm 130.  It does not appear to be the assigned response for any day in Lent, but is nevertheless the common response for the season.


Have mercy on us, Lord, for we have sinned 

Have mercy on me God in your kindness, in your compassion blot out my offences - Miserere Mei ... this is the assigned Psalm for the 1st Sunday in Lent, Year A

UK:  Ps 50:3–6. 12-14. 17 3 
US:  Ps 51:3-4, 5-6a, 12-13, 14+17

      Be with me, Lord, in my distress  

      He who dwells in the shelter of the most high ... - this is the assigned Psalm for the 1st Sunday in Lent, Year C
      UK:  Ps 90:1-2. 10-15 r. cf. 15 
      US: Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15

      With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption  

      Out of the depths I cry to thee / De profundis ... this is the assigned Psalm for the 5th Sunday in Lent, Year A
      UK:  Ps 129:1-8 r. 7 
      US:   Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6ab, 7bc-8

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